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A Single Spy Audiobook

A Single Spy

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"A single spy - in the right place and at the right moment - may change the course of history."

Aleksi Ivanovich Smirnov, an orphan and a thief, has been living by his wits and surviving below the ever-watchful eye of the Soviet system until his luck finally runs out. In 1936, at the age of 16, Aleksi is caught by the NKVD and transported to Moscow. There, in the notorious headquarters of the secret police, he is given a choice: be trained and inserted as a spy into Nazi Germany under the identity of his best friend, the long-lost nephew of a high-ranking Nazi official, or disappear forever in the basement of the Lubyanka. For Aleksi it's no choice at all.

Over the course of the next seven years, Aleksi has to live his role, that of the devoted nephew of a high Nazi official, and ultimately works for the legendary German spymaster Wilhelm Canaris as an intelligence agent in the Abwehr. All the while acting as a double agent - reporting back to the NKVD and avoiding detection by the Gestapo. Trapped between the implacable forces of two of the most notorious dictatorships in history and truly loyal to no one but himself, Aleksi's goal remains the same - survival.

In 1943 Aleksi is chosen by the Gestapo to spearhead one of the most desperate operations of the war - to infiltrate the site of the upcoming Tehran conference between Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin and set them up to be assassinated. For Aleksi it's the moment of truth; for the rest of the world, the future is at stake.

©2017 William Christie (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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  • book lover
    29/04/17
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    "Best spy novel since the early LeCarre books!"

    I rarely bother to write reviews, but this book deserves kudos since it is the most intelligent spy novel I've read since the early LeCarre books. Terrific plot and wonderful lead character. I hope to see a great deal more of author William Christie and the fascinating spy, Aleksi Ivanovich Smirnov. Narration was also excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • BKline
    Florida
    03/06/17
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    "Wandered Away from Reality Then Just Stopped"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, it started out fine, but then the lead character turned into a super hero and it left reality behind.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have made his skills more realistic and actually given it a proper ending - it just stopped. I thought something was wrong with my iPod, but no, that was the end.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, because if it ended the way the book did, I would feel cheated.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edgar
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    27/06/17
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    "Low-quality "spy" novel"

    This is one of the least impressive novels of this kind I've ever read. There is barely any plot, the characters are wooden, the dialogue is contrived, the action is geographically barren, and the story relies so much on unbelievable coincidences that it is laughable. A waste of money and time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    Boston, Massachusetts
    06/06/17
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    "I haven't read any of Christie's others, but This"
    Any additional comments?

    Is Really, Really Good. Everything about it is fabulous. Great story. Great central character. Good writing, really well put together, and fantastic narration. I didn't want this one to end. Risk a credit on it - you'll be happy you did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Campbell
    08/05/17
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    "great story! more action?"

    great story but could use a little more action and insight into actual history. worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eileen
    08/05/17
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    "Great"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Apart from some gratuitous sex scenes, great book. If you like spy books, this is for you!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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